Caroline Hounsell was one of the first Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Instructors to be trained by MHFA’s originator Betty Kitchener in 2006 and a founding member of MHFA England. Caroline joined the national MHFA England training team in 2007, taking on the role of MHFA England’s national Quality Assurance Lead in 2012. In 2015 she was appointed into a new role as MHFA England’s Director of Business and Partnerships, which evolved into the role of Director of Product Development, Partnerships and Training. She was awarded The Most Inspirational Person’ Award at the 10 year MHFA England anniversary event in 2017. In 2017 Caroline was also invited by Royal Foundation to attend a special World Mental Health Day event at Buckingham Palace recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements of herself & others in the field.
Caroline has designed and delivered mental health training to high profile clients, including senior politicians, senior business leaders, NHS England and Public Health England. She chaired the Expert Reference Group and led on the Schools programme (announced by the previous Prime Minister Theresa May) that brought mental health training into over 2000 secondary schools in the country between 2017-2019.
Following her success with MHFA England, Caroline is now an Ambassador and National trainer and offers psychotherapy, supervision, coaching, consultancy and training to individuals and organisations throughout the UK and abroad. Caroline sits on several key mental health governance groups spanning statutory and voluntary sectors. As an accredited British Association Counselling Psychotherapist (BACP) qualified in 2006, Caroline draws on the experience gained through her private practice to further develop her knowledge and skills as a mental health professional. She also has lived experience of being a young carer for a family member who had mental health issues. Caroline is also a regularly media mental health spokesperson and motivational speaker at conferences and is an all-round advocate of mental health and well-being.